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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 3734 .245 .323 .323 .233 5.2
Birth Date11-8-1977
Height5' 9"
Weight195 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 PHI 23 4 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .289 0.3 0.0 0.0
2002 PHI 24 9 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .124 -1.5 -0.1 -0.2
2003 PHI 25 64 99 92 14 20 2 0 1 25 7 22 0 0 0 4 2 1 .217 .273 .272 .190 -5.3 0.6 -0.5
2004 MIN 26 38 103 91 17 23 0 0 2 29 12 19 0 0 0 12 6 0 .253 .340 .319 .232 -0.5 0.8 0.0
2005 MIN 27 112 439 394 45 94 18 4 4 132 36 86 0 2 7 26 13 8 .239 .301 .335 .217 -4.7 1.5 -0.3
2006 MIN 28 135 524 459 73 133 21 7 1 171 47 68 1 7 10 45 17 5 .290 .352 .373 .249 14.5 3.9 1.8
2007 MIN 29 150 536 472 53 99 18 4 1 128 55 90 0 3 6 25 16 6 .210 .291 .271 .210 -12.7 2.2 -1.0
2008 MIN 30 99 377 338 43 96 19 4 2 129 32 57 0 2 5 28 15 6 .284 .344 .382 .255 12.3 7.7 2.0
2009 MIN 31 125 440 359 56 82 15 1 1 102 61 70 1 6 13 38 16 3 .228 .337 .284 .226 6.2 -4.1 0.2
2010 MIN 32 88 288 252 24 60 11 1 1 76 28 50 1 3 4 20 6 2 .238 .313 .302 .236 4.0 3.9 0.8
2011 SLN 33 63 166 133 21 37 8 4 1 56 25 21 0 2 6 20 1 1 .278 .388 .421 .295 13.4 2.2 1.7
2012 BOS 34 65 148 125 14 25 6 0 1 34 19 33 0 2 2 10 5 0 .200 .301 .272 .206 -4.0 2.0 -0.2
2012 LAN 34 22 43 35 6 10 1 0 0 11 6 9 0 0 2 0 1 0 .286 .390 .314 .274 3.3 0.8 0.4
2013 LAN 35 116 335 294 34 75 15 0 2 96 33 67 0 2 6 21 3 3 .255 .328 .327 .236 2.6 -2.6 0.0
2014 OAK 36 73 224 198 21 41 7 2 2 58 25 56 0 0 1 14 3 1 .207 .296 .293 .236 0.6 2.5 0.3
Career116337343253421798141271910503866513296326310436.245.323.323.23328.721.35.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1998 BAT A- 0 322 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CLR A+ 0 470 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 REA AA 0 527 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB 4 5 .289 .287 .356 .422 .269 .400 101 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2001 SWB AAA 123 535 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PHI MLB 9 7 .124 .253 .320 .425 .259 .333 93 -1 0.2 0 -0.1 -0.6 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2002 SWB AAA 115 530 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 64 99 .190 .265 .334 .422 .263 .275 95 -7.5 2.6 0.3 0.6 0.7 -5.3 -0.5 -5.3 -0.5
2003 SWB AAA 25 121 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIN MLB 38 103 .232 .279 .347 .446 .267 .300 100 -3.2 3.1 0.5 0.8 -0.0 -0.5 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2004 QUD A 4 18 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .462 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIN MLB 112 439 .217 .262 .325 .414 .258 .294 98 -19.9 12.6 1.4 1.5 1.5 -4.7 -0.3 -4.7 -0.3
2005 ROC AAA 4 17 .203 .284 .355 .454 .270 .231 107 -1.1 0.5 0 -0.3 -0.5 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2006 MIN MLB 135 524 .249 .274 .338 .437 .257 .332 104 -6.3 15.8 2.4 3.9 0.1 14.5 1.8 14.5 1.8
2007 MIN MLB 150 536 .210 .272 .338 .425 .265 .255 95 -29.8 15.9 2.7 2.2 1.1 -12.7 -1.0 -12.7 -1.0
2008 MIN MLB 99 377 .255 .269 .333 .422 .263 .335 97 -2.2 10.9 3.1 7.7 -0.7 12.3 2.0 12.3 2.0
2008 FTM A+ 3 13 .217 .283 .349 .391 .260 .273 90 -0.6 0.4 0.2 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
2009 MIN MLB 125 440 .226 .268 .337 .427 .262 .276 105 -15.8 12.7 2.6 -4.1 5.3 6.2 0.2 6.2 0.2
2010 MIN MLB 88 288 .236 .264 .327 .408 .258 .289 107 -7.1 7.9 1.9 3.9 -1.3 4.0 0.8 4.0 0.8
2011 SLN MLB 63 166 .295 .256 .324 .400 .263 .319 96 5.6 4.5 0.3 2.2 1.8 13.4 1.7 13.4 1.7
2011 SFD AA 7 26 .248 .259 .318 .410 .257 .381 122 -0.3 0.8 -0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 MEM AAA 5 18 .375 .247 .329 .386 .249 .214 88 2.4 0.6 0 0.2 0.2 3.4 0.3 3.4 0.3
2012 BOS MLB 65 148 .206 .248 .311 .408 .255 .258 106 -7.8 4.0 0.4 2.0 -0.2 -4.0 -0.2 -4.0 -0.2
2012 LAN MLB 22 43 .274 .258 .317 .411 .264 .385 91 0.6 1.2 0 0.8 0.6 3.3 0.4 3.3 0.4
2013 LAN MLB 116 335 .236 .250 .310 .385 .253 .322 100 -7.6 8.8 1.9 -2.6 -0.5 2.6 0.0 2.6 0.0
2013 ITA int 5 22 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .533 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 OAK MLB 73 224 .236 .252 .314 .384 .262 .279 97 -5.1 5.8 0.5 2.5 -0.3 0.6 0.3 0.6 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 BAT A- 322 51 69 9 4 1 20 42 48 19 7 .247 .348 .319 .072 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CLR A+ 470 65 122 18 6 1 48 67 53 16 7 .305 .409 .388 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 REA AA 527 77 116 15 4 5 47 69 71 33 10 .254 .355 .338 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SWB AAA 535 57 106 19 5 1 39 68 114 33 9 .229 .326 .298 .069 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .000 .289 0.3 0.0 0.0
2002 SWB AAA 530 74 120 12 5 1 29 76 84 42 8 .271 .376 .327 .056 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PHI MLB 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .124 -1.5 -0.1 -0.2
2003 SWB AAA 121 19 35 7 1 0 9 7 13 7 1 .315 .350 .396 .081 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 99 14 20 2 0 1 4 7 22 2 1 .217 .273 .272 .054 .190 -5.3 0.6 -0.5
2004 QUD A 18 4 7 1 0 1 6 2 2 1 0 .438 .500 .688 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIN MLB 103 17 23 0 0 2 12 12 19 6 0 .253 .340 .319 .066 .232 -0.5 0.8 0.0
2005 ROC AAA 17 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 .200 .294 .267 .067 .203 -1.4 -0.3 -0.2
2005 MIN MLB 439 45 94 18 4 4 26 36 86 13 8 .239 .301 .335 .096 .217 -4.7 1.5 -0.3
2006 MIN MLB 524 73 133 21 7 1 45 47 68 17 5 .290 .352 .373 .083 .249 14.5 3.9 1.8
2007 MIN MLB 536 53 99 18 4 1 25 55 90 16 6 .210 .291 .271 .061 .210 -12.7 2.2 -1.0
2008 FTM A+ 13 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 .250 .308 .250 .000 .217 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1
2008 MIN MLB 377 43 96 19 4 2 28 32 57 15 6 .284 .344 .382 .098 .255 12.3 7.7 2.0
2009 MIN MLB 440 56 82 15 1 1 38 61 70 16 3 .228 .337 .284 .056 .226 6.2 -4.1 0.2
2010 MIN MLB 288 24 60 11 1 1 20 28 50 6 2 .238 .313 .302 .063 .236 4.0 3.9 0.8
2011 SLN MLB 166 21 37 8 4 1 20 25 21 1 1 .278 .388 .421 .143 .295 13.4 2.2 1.7
2011 MEM AAA 18 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 .375 3.4 0.2 0.3
2011 SFD AA 26 3 8 1 0 0 2 2 3 1 0 .333 .385 .375 .042 .248 0.4 -0.1 0.0
2012 LAN MLB 43 6 10 1 0 0 0 6 9 1 0 .286 .390 .314 .029 .274 3.3 0.8 0.4
2012 BOS MLB 148 14 25 6 0 1 10 19 33 5 0 .200 .301 .272 .072 .206 -4.0 2.0 -0.2
2013 ITA int 22 5 8 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .421 .476 .526 .105 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 LAN MLB 335 34 75 15 0 2 21 33 67 3 3 .255 .328 .327 .071 .236 2.6 -2.6 0.0
2014 OAK MLB 224 21 41 7 2 2 14 25 56 3 1 .207 .296 .293 .086 .236 0.6 2.5 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1464 0.5540 0.4111 0.9135 0.5376 0.2527 0.9472 0.8242 0.0865
2009 1829 0.5380 0.3978 0.8926 0.5508 0.2178 0.9096 0.8424 0.1033
2010 1107 0.5592 0.4268 0.9004 0.5541 0.2643 0.9359 0.8062 0.0953
2011 688 0.5305 0.3794 0.8889 0.5699 0.1641 0.9038 0.8302 0.1073
2012 787 0.5426 0.3906 0.8404 0.5340 0.2194 0.8816 0.7215 0.1596
2013 1440 0.5646 0.4235 0.8982 0.5658 0.2376 0.9326 0.7919 0.1002
2014 937 0.5486 0.4173 0.8286 0.5661 0.2364 0.8625 0.7300 0.1714
Career82520.54930.40850.88580.55320.23150.91530.80020.1121

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-03 2014-09-09 15-DL 37 34 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-03-25 2014-03-28 Camp 3 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-09-26 2013-10-06 DTD 10 4 - Foot Ingrown Nail - -
2013-05-28 2013-05-29 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-03-07 2012-03-10 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2011-07-29 2011-09-06 15-DL 39 36 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-05-18 2011-06-27 15-DL 40 36 Right Forearm Strain -
2011-05-02 2011-05-03 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2011-03-22 2011-04-19 15-DL 28 16 Right Recovery From Surgery Sports Hernia 2011-02-23
2011-02-20 2011-03-22 Camp 30 0 Right Surgery Sports Hernia 2011-02-23
2010-08-20 2010-09-10 15-DL 21 19 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-07-29 2010-08-16 15-DL 18 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-05-22 2010-05-22 DTD 0 0 Fingers Soreness -
2010-04-16 2010-05-01 15-DL 15 13 Groin Soreness -
2010-01-29 2010-01-29 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Debridement 2010-01-29
2009-07-02 2009-07-03 DTD 1 0 Low Back Tightness -
2009-06-21 2009-06-23 DTD 2 1 Left Trunk Contusion Ribs -
2009-05-28 2009-06-12 15-DL 15 14 Right Groin Strain -
2009-04-02 2009-04-04 Camp 2 0 Trunk Contusion Falling on Baseball -
2009-03-11 2009-03-20 Camp 9 0 Left Elbow Contusion Lateral -
2008-07-12 2008-07-22 DTD 10 6 Left Fingers Strain Ring Finger -
2008-06-27 2008-06-27 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Sprain Middle Finger -
2008-06-19 2008-06-28 Minors 9 0 Left Hand Laceration - -
2008-06-06 2008-06-23 15-DL 17 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-06-01 2008-06-02 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-05-08 2008-05-30 15-DL 22 21 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-04-14 2007-04-19 DTD 5 4 Left Ankle Sprain -
2007-03-19 2007-04-01 Camp 13 0 Right Groin Soreness -
2006-08-14 2006-08-18 DTD 4 3 Right Knee Contusion Bone Bruise -
2006-07-18 2006-07-18 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Sprain PCL -
2006-06-04 2006-06-06 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Soreness -
2006-04-28 2006-05-02 DTD 4 4 Groin Soreness -
2005-06-03 2005-07-03 15-DL 30 26 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-05-22 2005-05-23 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2005-05-20 2005-05-20 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2005-02-23 2005-03-17 Camp 22 0 Low Back Soreness -
2004-07-27 2004-10-10 60-DL 75 63 Right Shoulder Fracture Clavicle -
2004-05-09 2004-06-30 15-DL 52 46 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2002-11-01 2002-11-01 Minors 0 0 - Shoulder Surgery 2002-11-01 -
2002-06-19 2002-07-01 Minors 12 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2001-06-08 2001-06-16 Minors 8 0 Right Knee Inflammation - -
2001-06-08 2001-06-15 Minors 7 0 Right Knee Inflammation - -
2000-08-31 2000-09-11 Minors 11 0 Right Hand Laceration - -
2000-04-07 2000-04-14 Minors 7 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1999-07-19 1999-08-05 Minors 17 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 1999-07-20 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 OAK $2,750,000
2014 OAK $2,750,000
2013 LAN $1,500,000
2012 BOS $1,500,000
2011 SLN $750,000
2010 MIN $4,000,000
2009 MIN $4,000,000
2008 MIN $2,400,000
2007 MIN $1,800,000
2006 MIN $690,000
2005 MIN $325,000
2004 MIN $307,500
2003 PHI $300,000
2002 PHI $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$17,772,500
2011Current$2,750,000
13 yrPvs + Cur$20,522,500
1 yrFuture$2,750,000
14 yrTotal$23,272,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 51 dJeff Caufield1 year/$3M (2014), 2015 option

Details
  • 1 year/$3M (2014), plus 2015 club option. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 11/13/13. 14:$2.75M, 15:$2.75M club option, $0.25M buyout. 2015 option may vest based on days on active roster in 2014, not including days on the disabled list (met).
  • 2 years/$3M (2012-13). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/14/11. 12:$1.5M, 13:$1.5M. May earn additional $0.25M annually in bonuses for 150 days on active roster. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Boston 8/25/12.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2011). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/21/11.
  • 2 years/$8.5M (2009-10). 09:$4M, 10:$4M, 11:$5M club option, $0.5M buyout. Re-signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/11/08. Performance bonus: $0.1M each for 600, 650 PAs. Minnesota declined 2011 option 10/29/10.
  • 2 year/$4.2M (2007-08). Signed extension with Minnesota 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $2.1M-$1.6M). 07:$1.8M, 08:$2.4M
  • 1 year/$0.69M (2006). Re-signed by Minnesota (avoided arbitration, $0.85M-$0.625M).
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2005).
  • 1 year/$0.3075M (2004). Acquired by Minnesota in trade from Philadelphia 12/03.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm reading a lot of comments that the Cespedes/Lester trade was a bad deal for Oakland. But I still think the Russell/Samardzija trade is the one that will haunt them. Your thoughts?
(Jim from St Paul)
A superficial (but still emotionally compelling) answer is: Lester pitched in a playoff game. There's a decent chance Samardzija never will, either because he's traded this offseason or because the A's don't quite have enough next year, sans a middle infield, a left fielder, a catcher who can be counted on defensively, a center fielder who can play even close to every day, etc. etc. etc. etc.

But more importantly, in the wake of the Cespedes/Lester trade, it became clear that Cespedes wasn't going to be in Oakland in 2015 no matter what. The question was what they could get back for him in the offseason vs. midyear 2014, and while the classic trade would have been to get prospects back for him, it's hardly unforgivable to instead take a two-month maybe-ace and add him to what was looking at the time like a real shot at a World Series trophy.

I'd hope it goes unsaid that all the bunk about how the Cespedes trade killed the A's offense is bunk. John Jaso's concussion and Brandon Moss' hip and Coco Crisp's neck and Stephen Vogt's foot, along with that unfortunate few weeks where both Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto were hurt at the same time all have a lot more to do with the A's regression in run-scoring than the mystical Cespedes and his magical protection abilities.

That said, if Jeff Samardzija pitches 2015 for the A's and pitches it as well as he did in 2014 for the A's (that 8:1 K:BB ratio is incredible) and Oakland gets back to the playoffs again despite looking for all the world like 2014 was the last gasp, then even that trade won't look quite so bad. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like prospects but explain me this: Nick Punto, career 16 HR and .646 OPS in MLB, Miguel Sano, 0 HR and .000 OPS in MLB. What am I missing? #hugetits
(Jon Heyman from Florida)
Another winner (Jason Parks)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)From the Red Sox offseason so far, I can't tell if they are rebuilding, punting, or going for it on 4th and 4 at the 50 yd line. What do you think they are doing?
(BobcatBaseball from Athens, OH)
I think they're building a bridge to their prospects, like Bradley, Bogaerts, Allen Webster, etc. They had a ton of holes on the roster because of the Nick Punto trade with the Dodgers and because they had a ton of holes on the roster. They brought in good players on short-term contracts to fill those holes. You may not like Shane Victorino on a three year deal, but before Bradleyapalooza this spring the Red Sox had spent two of the last three seasons without a center fielder due to Jacoby Ellsbury running into things or having pianos fall on him or what have you. If/when Ellsbury leaves as a free agent or they trade him at the deadline they have a major league ready CF to move there. Anyway, I'm off the point. You asked me what the Red Sox are doing and I think they're trying to win while not blocking or trading off their prospects. That's it in a nutshell. (Matthew Kory)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bradley. The first ten days of the Bobby Valentine Era in Boston haven't been the most smooth. Starting pitchers staying well past their due dates, calling out well-liked hard working players in the media, and lets not forget installing Nick Punto and Mike Aviles in the lead-off spot. Tell me it's going to get better.
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
At what point do we start blaming the players for some of the clubhouse chaos occurring in Boston? Yeah, I know My Bobby Valentine (if I keep saying it, it will catch on, yeah?) has made some, shall we say, "curious" decisions since the start of the season, but this is two highly-regarded and well-respected skippers they've turned against in less than a year. Who are the leaders in the Red Sox clubhouse? (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)On a scale of 1-10, 1 being 'Dig My Own Grave And Jump On In' and 10 being 'OMG I Just Saw Justin Bieber!' as a Red Sox fan, how excited should I be about having Nick Punto in the Red Sox lineup?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Not excited but almost every team in baseball has a worse position than the Red Sox' shortstop. Like, 27 or 28 teams do. The Giants might have three or four positions worse than the Red Sox' shortstop, and the Giants are my pick in the NL. (Sam Miller)
2010-01-12 18:30:00 (link to chat)Will the Twins miss the Metrodome or make the adjustment to homefield outdoor baseball just fine?
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I'm sure that the team will adjust. Park factors and such are very real, but I highly doubt that the Twins were only effective due to the dome. If they struggle out of the chute it likely has more to do with giving ample playing time to guys like Nick Punto as opposed to adjusting to the outdoors. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming the Twins go with Nick Punto at one spot, who would be a good fit for the Twins at either 2B or 3B?
(russadams from Baffin Bay)
I keep hoping they'll think in terms of adding offense at third base, and letting Punto do his thing at second (in part because he could then lose the job to Casilla if he ever pans out). If money were an issue, I'd still be interested in seeing if Tejada would take a low deal, or seeing what Troy Glaus is capable of on an incentive-laden deal. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it so wrong to hope the Twins will make even a modest free agent signing? Is it sad to wish for Adrian Beltre?
(P from MPLS)
I can see them springing for Beltre upon realizing that Orlando Cabrera at 2B and Nick Punto at 3B is fairly absurd for a potential contender, and they might be in line to offer one of those incentive-laden deals to a Ben Sheets type of pitcher, but they are yet to be linked to any truly impactful move. Granted, bringing in JJ Hardy had the effect of signing a young and solid SS, so it hasn't been all bad for Minny thus far. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bill Smith says he expects that Ron Gardenhire will keep Nick Punto in the lineup somewhere. This guy is supposed to be Gardenhire's boss. Can't he make him see sense? I'm tired of this cycle where Punto is handed an opening day job, fails miserably, gets replaced by even worse players, gets the job back for the last month, hits decently, and gets a job again the next year. And since it also seems that the Twins are considering bringing back Joe Crede at third or Orlando Cabrera at second (in order to keep Punto somewhere), which is the better alternative? Finally, wouldn't someone like Felipe Lopez be great for the Twins?
(russadams from Target Center)
I'm not sure Nick Punto is so much the problem as an inability to put real players at third base and left field is the problem. If Punto can bat ninth, hit what he hits and play plus defense, he's an acceptable solution on a team with seven or eight actual hitters. Punto is better, relative to his position, than Delmon Young or the collective nightmare at third base or what Alexi Casilla (who I like) did this year. Focusing on him and not those problems is a mistake.

Lopez is a good player who brings more offense than defense, and that's always been a good path to the bench in Minnesota. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)That Nick Punto. He's a ballplayer!!
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
Go give Keith Law five bucks. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will the late season "surge" cause the Twins to overlook that they had 3 or 4 holes in the lineup every night and just as many in the rotation?
(russadams from Metrodome)
You wouldn't think a team would keep coming back to Nick Punto, but...

They got a small pass on the rotation, which would look much better with two of Slowey, Perkins and Liriano actually healthy. There's enough pitching here, but they need a lot of offensive help.

Lightning round! (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think should be the starter at second base for the Twins? I know it's like choosing the lesser of two evils, but I don't really want to see Nick Punto flail away at pitches no where close to the strike zone. Also, why in the world was Delmon Young a #1 Prospect, and who should be playing left field for us?
(twinkies25 from MN)
I would hope they'd just lock in and place their faith in Casilla. Punto's a better utility infielder than a starter, and I'm reluctant to get worked up in Brendan Harris' behalf when he isn't hitting and concerns over his defense up the middle dog him with a certain persistence. Failing a commitment to Casilla, they should have asked the A's for Adam Kennedy. It's never too late to ask after David Eckstein, for that matter, and he'd go over well in the Twin Cities, methinks. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)The Minnesota Twins have a good team, but they have some production issues up the middle (Nick Punto especially). Will this be enough to sink the Twins this year?
(twinkies25 from MN)
While that's a problem, the facts that that Liriano and Baker are carrying ERAs above 6.00 and that the bullpen in front of Joe Nathan is no longer a plus are much bigger ones. They'll do the sinking. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Christina, As a Twins fan, I was wondering if Joe Crede was the right man to acquire to fix the Twins problems at third base, and could we have gotten a better offensive shortstop who played the same good defense as Nick Punto?
(twinkies25 from MN)
I guess I have issues on this one, in that I sort of like the idea of putting Crede within the division to take his chance at putting the hurt on his former ballclub, and because a healthy Crede is an adequate source of right-handed power at the tail end of a lineup, not to mention a plus defender at the hot corner. The problem is that, by being a Twin, he becomes one of their perceived major power sources as a matter of their selection bias for a few too many powerless options.

The Punto quandary is a bit more complicated, in that there's a well thought-out group that says Punto's terrible when he's more than a utilityman, but Punto's pretty good when he's your top infield reserve. It might have been nice to go after Orlando Cabrera, but there really weren't that many options at short available on the market, and I'd rather still have Punto than, say, taking another spin with Adam Everett. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneNice heads-up play by Hudson to make it to third. Mauer has clearly been taking lessons from Nick Punto with that headfirst slide into first. (Dan Wade)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneI still cannot believe that former Phillies backup infielder Nick Punto has been a fairly integral part of the Twins these past few years. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneYou'd think A-rod would have learned from Nick Punto's mistake that running through a stop sign is usually a poor decision. (Dan Wade)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs Roundtablekradec (da Bronx): Speaking of memes that won't die, can we hope that Nick Punto ignoring the baseball, the third-base coach, and common sense will finally drive a stake through the heart of "the Twins play good fundamental baseball"? Please?

One of the distinct pleasures of the Yanks-Twins series was watching that "good fundamental" notion die a miserable death. The Twins made mistakes, particularly on the basepaths, and those mistakes were fatal to their caue. Go dig up Keith Law's Twitter stream for about a hundred variations on the theme. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs Roundtablekradec (da Bronx): Speaking of memes that won't die, can we hope that Nick Punto ignoring the baseball, the third-base coach, and common sense will finally drive a stake through the heart of "the Twins play good fundamental baseball"? Please?

I think the myth of the Twins as a scrappy team that overachieves exists because calling them "cheap" would be too on the nose. (Steven Goldman)
 

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